Impact of cannabis use during pregnancy is the focus of UK Cannabis Center’s next online seminar, to be held Feb. 26

The University of Kentucky Cannabis Center is sponsoring an online seminar titled  “Cannabis Use During Pregnancy: Research from Policy to Practice” on Feb. 26. The seminar will be held via Zoom from 2-3 p.m.  Click here to register. 

The seminar is part of the center’s series featuring national and international experts on cannabis science, according to a news release.  

It will feature the work of  Kelly Young-Wolff, a licensed clinical psychologist and research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. She is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, a consulting assistant professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and a professor at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine.

Young-Wolff’s research focuses on substance use, focusing specifically on cannabis use among pregnant persons and the impact of changes in local, state and national policy.

“We are honored for Dr. Young-Wolff to share her scientific expertise with our research community here at UK,” said Shanna Babalonis, UK Cannabis Center director. “As the cannabis landscape continues to change in Kentucky and the country, it is critically important to have valuable insights on beneficial health effects and associated risks. We look forward to learning more about Dr. Young-Wolff’s contributions to this field and to better understand the impact of prenatal exposure to cannabis.”

The UK Cannabis Center, based in the UK College of Medicine’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, conducts research on the health effects of cannabis, including its risks and benefits when used to treat certain medical conditions. It was established in 2022 by the General Assembly.  Click here to learn more about upcoming events from the UK Cannabis Center.

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